Arcadia

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Arcadia is known for beautiful neighborhoods, warm character and a “community of homes” atmosphere.  The city places great emphasis on preserving “green space” and its commitment to the environment is evidenced by the large population of healthy trees you will find around town.  Arcadia has been dsignated a Tree City USA for ten consecutive years.  It is an upper-middle class community of approximately 56,000 people in an 11.2 square mile area located 20 miles east of Los Angeles.

Arcadians take pride in their well-established traditions and high standards.  The Arcadia Unified School District is one of the most highly thought of in the State.  On standardized tests, Arcadia students consistently score well above state and national averages. In one recent survey, Arcadia High School ranked in the top 4% in the nation.  City medical services are available locally; and an excellent assortment of recreation and leisure activities are offered for all ages.  The City government is “full-service” with its own Police Department, Fire Department and Library, and a City Council-City Manager form of government.

Arcadia has a broad commercial base with businesses ranging from the very small to the very large.  Arcadia’s numerous amenities include parks, hiking, backpacking, golf, excellent shopping and dining, and top-notch accommodations. Outdoor enthusiasts have easy access to the San Gabriel Valley, the San Gabriel Mountains, breathtaking beaches and majestic deserts. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, located in Arcadia, provides visitors with 127 spectacular acres of specialty gardens and historic buildings. Santa Anita Race Track is probably the finest thoroughbred racing facility in the country, and perhaps in the world. The California Philharmonic’s Festival on the Green is presented at the Arboretum on 10 Saturday nights every summer; and every summer the city provides free concerts at City Hall.

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HISTORY

Arcadia’s beginnings go back over 3,000 years to the Tongva/Gabrielino Native American settlement whose members were attracted to the water rich, ripe Southern California land in which to hunt and gather.

Arcadia saw it’s first notable settler in Hugo Reid who was deeded the land by the Spanish government, making him the first individual land owner of the area and the first to make a modern impact on the land by stocking cattle and building the first structure.

A succession of owners followed and the one who made a lasting impression on the area was Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin who in 1875 bought a large area of land including what is known as Arcadia for $200,000 ($25 an acre). When Lucky Baldwin first saw the land of Arcadia with its beautiful foothill landscape, lush greenery and oak trees, fertile growing land and acres full of potential, Lucky Baldwin was amazed and declared “By Gads! This is paradise.” Upon buying the land, Lucky chose to make the area his home and immediately started erecting buildings and cultivating the land for farming, orchards and ranches. It didn’t take log before he turned his sights to cityhood for the blossoming area he named Arcadia.

With a population of 500 and a booming economy that was somewhat based on entertainment, sporting, hospitality and gambling opportunities, Arcadia incorporated as a city in 1903.

Source:  City of Arcadia

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PLACES OF INTEREST

Arcadia Par-3 Golf Course  620 East Live Oak Avenue  626-443-9367
Arcadia Park   405 South Santa Anita Avenue  (626) 821-4619
Arcadia Public Library
LA County Arboretum

Ruth and Charles Gilb Arcadia Historical Museum
Santa Anita Golf Course
Santa Anita Park & Racetrack
Westfield Shopping Center
Wilderness Park

RESTAURANTS

Carmine’s Italian Restaurant and Bar  311 E. Live Oak Ave.
 626-445-4726
Dave & Busters   Santa Anita Mall – 400 S. Baldwin  626-802-6115
Derby  233 E Huntington Dr.  626-447-2430
Din Tai Fung Dumpling House  1108 S Baldwin Ave.  626-574-7068
Domenico’s   251 N Santa Anita Ave.  626-574-7433
Front Runner Restaurant  Santa Anita Race Track 285 W Huntington Drive
626-574-1035.
Matt Denny’s Ale House Restaurant
  145 E. Huntington Dr.
 626-446-1077
Outback Steakhouse   166 E. Huntington Dr.
 626-447-6435
Tasty Garden   1212 S. Baldwin Ave.  626-445-9388

SCHOOLS

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Arcadia School District
To find out which school your child will attend based on your address, call 626-821-6617.  You may also purchase a boundary map at the front desk of the District Office, 234 Campus Drive, Arcadia. The cost of the map is $4.

High School
Arcadia High School
Arcadia High School was named in the top 12 Public Schools in Los Angeles Magazine.  Click here to see the article.

Middle Schools
Dana Middle School
First Avenue Middle School
Foothills Middle School

Elementary Schools
Baldwin Stocker
Camino Grove
Highland Oaks
Holly Avenue
Hugo Reid
Longley Way

PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Annunciation Catholic School 1307 E Longden Ave,  (626) 447-8262
Arcadia Christian School 1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue  626-574-8229
Arcadia College Preparatory School      146 E Duarte Rd.  626-576-8868
Arcadia Montessori School  1406 S. Santa Anita Ave. 626-447-3513
Arroyo Pacific Academy  41 W Santa Clara St.
Barnhart School  240 W Colorado Blvd. 626-446-5588
First Presbyterian School 556 Las Tunas Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007
Holy Angels Elementary School 360 Campus Drive      626-447-6312
Our Lady of the Angels Academy 1100 W Duarte Rd
Rio Hondo Preparatory School 5150 Farna Ave
Wonder Years Montessori School 141 W Las Tunas Dr  626-445-8834

PRESCHOOLS
Arcadia Friends Community Church Preschool  5705 Lenore Ave. 626-445-7825
Arcadia Episcopal Preschool 1881 S. 1st Ave. 626-445-5050
Arcadia Children’s Educational Center   9845 E Lemon Ave   626-445-7103
B’Nai Simcha Jewish Preschool    550 S 2nd Ave   626-445-4805
Serendipity  530 W. Las Tunas Dr  626-574-7477
Wonder World Preschool   2607 S Santa Anita Ave. 626-445-4794